I noticed the cut on the back of my seat leather just as I was setting up to install it. I don’t think I did it. Is this the kind of defect that can just be part of the hide, as sold? It looks like a knife slip. Is there a way to repair it, since it is on the back side?
This is at the edge of my piece, so I’m going to try to use it. If it were another inch to the side, I’d be sure it was in the portion that will be stapled, but I think part of this will be on the side of the cushion towards the back. I’ll try to install it off center to bias it towards the back.
With confidence (for once): this incision occurred while working on the hide.
Hides can reflect imperfections of various causes (scars, ducts, cysts, fibrosis, thinning, bullet holes, and so on), but an incision on the interior with no signs of an inflammatory process must be post mortem. Whether defects originating from the preparation of a hide – which this one perhaps can be – have to be accepted, I don’t know.